- American who voted Republican shares responsibility for
the great evil America has brought to the Middle East.
- The evil that America brought to Iraq transcends the
tens or hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have been killed
and maimed in the conflict. The evil goes beyond the destruction of ancient
historical artifacts and the civilian infrastructure of a secular state
and the decimation of the lives, careers, and families of millions of
- The violence and killing that Bush brought to Iraq has
spread antagonism between Sunni and Shiite throughout the Middle East
with potentially draconian consequences. Bush's war has turned Muslim
hearts and minds against America and made terrorism an acceptable means
to resist American hegemony. With his mindless war, Bush has created more
terrorism than the world has ever seen.
- The reasons given for the American invasion of Iraq have
been exposed as lies, revealing America as either a country of fools and
idiots or of war criminals. Worldwide polls show that America is no longer
regarded as a guiding light but is tied with Israel as the second greatest
threat to world stability.
- The nuclear-armed Russians, alarmed by America's gratuitous
aggression and interference in Russian and Middle Eastern internal affairs
and by Bush's aggressive withdrawal on June 13, 2002 from the 1972 anti-ballistic
missile treaty, no longer see the US as a partner in peace but as a dangerous
militaristic aggressor. The chance for understanding and trust with Russia
has been destroyed by the stupid Bush administration. The White House
Moron, who cannot successfully occupy Baghdad, believes he can run over
- Former CIA director George "Slam-Dunk" Tenet
writes in a new book, At the Center of the Storm: My years at the CIA
that Vice President Dick Cheney and the neoconservatives caused America
to invade Iraq without ever holding a serious debate about whether Iraq
was a threat. Tenet writes: "There was never a serious debate that
I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."
- The 2003 American invasion of Iraq is a war crime under
international law. The invasion caused sectarian violence far beyond anything
Iraq had ever experienced under Saddam Hussein. Tenet writes that "sectarian
violence in Iraq has taken on a life of its own and that US forces are
becoming more and more irrelevant to the management of that violence."
- Tenet says that Dick Cheney made him a scapegoat for
the disastrous war by misrepresenting to media what he meant by "slam-dunk."
Interviewed by "60 Minutes," Tenet said that the administration
misrepresented his comment to mean that the case was air tight that Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Tenet states that the Bush administration's
misrepresentation of what he said is "the most despicable thing that
ever happened" to him.
- The American people have never been told the real reasons
that Bush- Cheney and the Republican Party rushed us to war in Iraq. Americans
have only been fed a pack of transparent lies.
- The war has brought no honor, no glory, and no tangible
benefit. The war has brought shame upon America for routine torture of
Iraqi detainees and for the routine slaughter of unarmed Iraqi civilians
mothers, fathers, children, grandparents by trigger-happy
American troops. There are even reports of US mercenaries having fun riding
around taking pot shots at Iraqi civilians.
- Billions of dollars in "aid" are missing. The
stench of corruption is heavy in the air. There are myriad investigations
of Bush administration and contractor corruption. Who can keep up with
them all? Cheney's Halliburton, the greatest hog at the trough, has not
been indicted. The missing suitcases of cash have not been recovered.
The earnest efforts of Congress have taken on a pathetic, plodding life
of their own.
- In an article just published in the Armed Forces Journal,
Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, one of the commanders of the 3rd Armored Cavalry
Regiment in Iraq, condemns American generals as " mild-mannered team
players" who "are not worthy of their soldiers" and who
"underestimated the strength of the enemy, overestimated the capabilities
of Iraq's government and security forces and failed to provide Congress
with an accurate assessment of security conditions in Iraq."
- Captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels are frustrated
with the political cowardice of their general officers and are leaving
the service in droves. The Army is trying to improve retention by offering
$20,000 cash payments to the officers another stupid Bush administration
policy as any officer who sells his soul is demoralized.
- Col. Yingling writes that Congress must step in and break
up the way administrations use promotions to acquire compliant generals
as accomplices in deceiving the American people
- The most frightening fact about the Bush administration
is that not a single office is held by a competent or qualified person.
Integrity is so rare among Bush appointees that integrity has been silenced.
- That should concern all Americans. Even Republicans.
- Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor
of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including
The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous
academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He
has contributed to numerous scholar journals and testified before Congress
on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious
Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the
Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author
of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo
of Chile: Dos Visiones La Era Allende-Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad
Andres Bello, 2000).
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